A Charity set up in early 2006
Debbie & Steve Riley
Chrissie & Brian Tuohy
Nicola Riley had discussed with her parents setting up a charity to help children going through the difficulties of coping with cancer, particularly children who were unable to travel long distances. This discussion took place in Florida 2004 where she enjoyed swimming with dolphins but was concerned about some of the friends she left at Alder Hey who were too ill to travel.
When Nicola passed away she left written instructions to use the money in her savings account to be used to start the charity. Debbie & Steve decided to fulfil her wishes and invited some close friends who were close to Nicola to join forces.
The charity is managed by a team of trustees who give their time freely and many other volunteers who roll their sleeves up and help set up the events. Every penny raised goes straight to the families we help with absolute minimum administration costs.
Our long term vision is to set up a retreat (similar to the one Nicola stayed in America).
Our aims are "To improve the quality of life for Children with Cancer" and "To provide support and help for the families of children suffering from Cancer"
Over the 10 and half years we have been operational we have helped over 550 families raising more than half a million pounds.
We have helped the families, of which some have had a week at Centre Parcs, some have had a week at one of the Charities 2 luxury caravans in Porthmadog (North Wales) and some families have had a break at The Grovesnor Pulford Hotel & Spa.
We try to help in any way to make what is a difficult time to become a chance to create a smile ........ together.
Over the past 10 years, we have achieved so much and that is all down to the efforts from our patrons and trustees and also from the continued support from others.